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Communication is very important and it may be difficult for people with learning disabilities to express themselves.
Communication aids and techniques help find the best way to communicate with people who have difficulties.

Easy Read

Easy Read is a way of making communication easier to understand for people who have a learning disability. An Easy Read document picks out the main points. It makes it easier to understand so you can find the information you want.
Easy Read information use:

  • Easy words
  • Short sentences
  • Fonts - the type of writing you use
  • Layout - the way the words and pictures are put on the page
  • Pictures

Communication Techniques

There are different ways to support people with their communication by using communication aids and techniques. There are many types of communication aids and techniques that can help those who find it hard to communicate with others.

  • Talking Mats
  • Low Tech AAC
  • Voice Output Communication Aids
  • Communication Passport
  • Individual Speech Programme
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Makaton Signing
  • Objects of Reference
  • Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Social Stories
  • Supporting Understanding of Speech


For people with more complex communication needs, the Community Health Support Team can help you make a referral to a Speech and Language Therapist.

Last Updated: 03/10/2016
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